Sliding Camping Chair #1: Proof of concept

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Blog entry by Woodbutchery posted 08-02-2008 06:38 AM 4443 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It started years ago, when I found a camping chair that was easy to carry but sturdy enough to hold my weight. I bought a pair for the wife and I.

The seat slips into the back, and the top slat of the back acts as the handle. It’s great for lazing about at a camp site, or anywhere. Unfortunately, they’re two inch yellow pine, held together by staples, and wear and weather wore one of them away. I kept a leg for the back and a leg for the seat and made a pattern from it, but my first attempts at building one were … bad. Threw me off the idea for a while.

Years pass, and I get the idea I have enough tools together to make these chairs. So I pull the pattern back out, get a piece of 1×8 white pine, and try a proof of concept. This time the process was much easier, but I made some changes to the design, and it caused a few problems. Here’s the PoC chair-like substance:

I did a partial inset of the frame rails for the back, and that caused an issue with having enough room for the seat to slide through. But that’s why I chose an $11 piece of wood for the first attempt. I’ve already built a slat jig for turning 2×4s into slats, and I’ve got another jig to build for routing out the insets on the back.

I’ll finish the slats for the back, slap a couple of coats of spar varnish on it, and put it out on the patio (I married a semi-reformed pack rat) and work on re-sizing the back pattern.

My eventual plan is to get some white oak and build a couple of chairs better-built to last.

More as things progress.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#1 posted 08-02-2008 10:58 AM

Nice chairs… you may want to consider cedar. Let us know how it turns out…

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#2 posted 08-02-2008 11:28 AM

Nice chairs

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#3 posted 08-02-2008 12:35 PM

Thanks Steve, jean.

I’ve got some spanish cedar that I found at a garage sale; last time I tried working it on the trim bit with the router there was all types of splitting, but I think it’s because I had my speed set too low. I may pull out a piece and try it again. It’s a thicker wood, but it sure would hold up a lot better outside.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#4 posted 08-02-2008 06:09 PM

nice, could use some larger pictures. what does the seat fold up and the slats from the seat and back inter mesh when closed?? what locks the legs?

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#5 posted 08-03-2008 12:31 PM

Yah. I’m still new to this, so I blorted the pictures. I’ll probably have another go in the next round.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 10-14-2011 02:03 AM

My dad has a set like this he made years ago and are holding up good. Trying to find a plan or pattern for them as the wife just discovered them and wants a set of her own. unfortunately dad lives in OH and us in NV so I can’t just trace them….did you ever find some plans?

-- Brian

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#7 posted 10-21-2011 03:32 PM

Here’s a link that comes close to what I was doing. Never built the chair from the plans, but now I’m sorely tempted…..

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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